Kojagiri Poornima vrat is one of the most important full moon vrats in India, especially in Maharashtra, Orissa, and West Bengal. This vrat is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi and is observed Full moon day of Ashwina masa. Devotees usually stay awake all night to bask in the moon light called ‘Amrit Barkha’ (nectar rain) during this vrat. The eldest child of the family is honored as a part of this vrat.
Kojagiri Vrat 2023
Sat , 28th Oct 2023
According to a popular folklore legend, it is said that Goddess Lakshmi visits devotee’s homes during the moonlight time and bestows Her blessings on those She finds awake. The Sanskrit word ‘Kojagiri’ means ‘the one who is awake or to be awake’. There is another popular folklore where a Suryavanshi king was in major financial crisis and the kingdom was in famine. A Sage suggested that the King, queen, and all the family must observe Kojagiri Vrat and make a wish to the Goddess Lakshmi who visits Her devotees on this day. They observed Kojagiri fast, worshipped Goddess Lakshmi, and stayed awake the whole night, Goddess Lakshmi blessed them, and the kingdom regained the prosperity.
Cities of Mathura, Vrindavan and ISKCON temples celebrate divine Ras Leela of Krishna on this day as ‘Kaumudi’ celebration, kaumudi means moonlight. Orissa, West Bengal, and eastern Jharkhand celebrates Kumara Poornima and observes vrat for Karthikeya.
Moon is posited close to earth on this day. Saints and sages believe that the moonlight on this Poornima has healing power, also has great influence on mind and soul. Due to the curative properties of the Moon, people observe night vigil. All the rituals of this Kojagiri vrat are created to assimilate the powerful moonlight that descends on the earth plane on this day. Sweets like kheer and kesar milk are prepared and placed under the rays of the moon to collect the energy of the moon. This is distributed later as Prasad during the night. Also, a vessel is filled with boiling milk and the moon is seen on the surface through reflection. Kojagiri vrat is mainly observed by newly wed women.
While fasting devotees consume only liquids like milk and coconut water. People perform Lakshmi homas and special poojas in the evening. People light 108 lamps for the Lakshmi pooja. Cold milk and rice flakes are traditionally consumed on this night. To please goddess Lakshmi the following mantra is chanted during the puja:
Nishithe varada Lakshmih ko jagartiti bhashini
Jagati bhramate taysyam lokcheshtavalokini
Tasme vitam prayachachami yo jagarti mahitle
Kojagiri Vrat festival dates between 2019 & 2029
Sunday, 13th of October
Saturday, 31st of October
Wednesday, 20th of October
Sunday, 9th of October
Saturday, 28th of October
Thursday, 17th of October
Tuesday, 7th of October
Monday, 26th of October
Friday, 15th of October
Tuesday, 3rd of October
Monday, 22nd of October